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Aaron Bahney

Aaron Bahney

 
Aaron Bahney – Owner
Aaron began yoga as a supplement to long-distance running and cycling. After enough events and a few miles, Aaron enjoys time spent improving his practice from the safety and cozy warmth of a yoga mat.

Aaron stays active as a high school and college basketball official. Aaron is the co-studio owner of Sumits Yoga KC with his wife, Kim. Aaron and Kim are also the parents of twins.

Aaron enjoys an array of music, from trombone to drums, a humming bowl, chanting and singing. Aaron hopes that you will join him for his class, where his passion for yoga and music come together.

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Kim Bahney

Kim Bahney

 
Kim Bahney – Instructor/Owner
Kim first stepped into a hot yoga studio after hearing testimonies from several other athletic friends. Reluctant that it would be a “workout,” Kim was surprised at the physical and mental challenges it posed, and was captivated by the way such a challenge also calmed the mind. She discovered Sumits Yoga while living in Phoenix, Arizona and, along with her husband, Aaron, they developed a passion to bring it to the Kansas City Area.

A fitness enthusiast, Kim has a background in martial arts and has enjoyed training for different races, including triathlons. Kim enjoys the low impact routine that Sumits brings, which has helped to bring healing to her ankle and prevent knee pain. Kim is most excited about the inspirational class because it opens the door to connect with God. Kim is a Certified Personal Trainer and Registered Yoga Teacher. She enjoys helping others to reach their fitness goals.

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Robert Baran

Robert Baran

Robert Baran – Instructor
Four years ago, Robert moved from Kansas City to Scottsdale, Arizona, where he discovered Sumits Yoga.  Four years of daily (6-7 days a week) practice later, Robert committed to becoming an instructor and sharing Sumits Yoga with the Kansas City area.

Robert had always been interested in yoga and experimented with many styles or “schools”: Ashtanga, Ayengar, Bikram and Baptiste.  Each style has its benefits, but nothing provided him with the experience that Sumits Yoga provides.  “Sumits Yoga has everything that I was looking for and, I believe, something for everyone.  It’s a workout, it’s a mediation, and it’s a strength and flexibility builder.  Quite simply, it’s the most amazing, butt-kicking, mind-calming practice there is,” says Robert.

Robert is adamant that Sumits Yoga makes him (and everyone else who practices regularly) feel happier, healthier, and more peaceful than any workout, meditation, or massage he has experienced.  Robert recognizes that he needs that peace of mind because in his “free” time, he is an attorney and the primary care-giver to his three kids, ages 12, 12, and 9!  (He is still happily married, but his wife travels with work, a lot!)

In addition to being a yoga teacher, attorney, and Mr. Mom, Robert is a licensed massage therapist.  While he doesn’t currently have an active massage practice (c’mon people, he can only do so much), Robert finds that his massage and anatomy training is a great asset as a yoga instructor, helping him guide people to a safer, more correct practice. It has also given him a deeper appreciation of the benefits of Sumits Yoga.   Robert challenges, “C’mon down and let me share my passion for Sumits Yoga with you.  Give me 2 weeks, and […]

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April Matthys

April Matthys

April Matthys – Instructor
April has been teaching yoga since 2003 when she first attended training through YogaFit.  April has a Bachelors of Science degree in Kinesiology from Kansas State University and has been certified as a group fitness instructor through AFAA since 2000 and a Health Fitness Specialist through ACSM since 2005.

For April, yoga is a time to step away from everything going on in life; to quiet the mind while strengthening the body.  She has a passion for helping others to set and achieve their health and fitness goals and enjoys teaching to all fitness abilities.

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Tim Ely

Tim Ely

Tim Ely
Tim Ely has been practicing yoga and meditation for 25 years. Dedicated to his practice and finding such health and vitality through yoga, he is passionate about sharing this life changing discipline to others. He discovered Sumits hot yoga and sees this as a great method of getting all the benefits of this practice to beginners as well as seasoned yogis. Tim enjoys that Sumits is a well rounded approach to the yoga lifestyle.
Tim is an artist and craftsman who uses reclaimed wood to make custom furniture and sculpture.  He is also a fine piano technician and an excellent handy man…in case you know anyone who is looking!  Tim has a daughter attending UMKC for a degree in literature, a son at Colorado University pursuing an engineering degree and a daughter who is attending Kansas City Academy.
Tim first began practicing yoga at home, and has now made the Sumits studio his home.  He is enthused to introduce YinNidra to our studio, combining deep stretch with meditation.

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Joni Rauen

Joni Rauen

Joni Rauen
Joni spent 25 years focusing on fitness, including distance running, spinning, and lifting weights.  She came to Yoga as a student in 2009 to stretch some sore muscles, but found that Yoga encompasses so much more!  In addition to lengthening, strengthening, balancing, and opening the muscles and joints, Yoga allows students to quiet their minds, learn to be present, and tap into the peace that lies deep within.  Joni wanted to guide others into discovering both the physical and emotional benefits of Yoga.  So with that goal in mind, she became a Registered Yoga Teacher (200 hours) with additional certifications in Restorative Yoga and Reiki Level 2.
After practicing at the Sumits Kansas City studio, Joni pursued certification as a Sumits instructor.  She appreciated the friendly, supportive environment of the Sumits Kansas City studio from the moment she walked in the door.  There was a sense of community during the practice, too, with everyone supporting one another, from the beginner to the advanced student. 
Offering something for everyone, the Sumits Sequence class provides an opportunity to observe progress and cultivate improved focus, while the Sumits Flow class offers a change of pace, for those who like to shake up their yoga routine. Being an instructor at Sumits Kansas City means meeting students where they are and encouraging their growth– on whichever path they choose that day. 
Joni’s Yoga class will both nurture and challenge your body as you experience the beautiful shapes your body can create in a safe environment of self-acceptance.  Modifications are always encouraged so all students can feel rewarded in the practice.  There is no “goal” in Yoga- just listen to your body, face challenges without fear, and believe you can do your best! 
Passionate about deepening her students’ experience of Yoga, Joni continuously looks for opportunities to attend Yoga training, workshops, conferences, and retreats.  In December, 2015 […]

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Ingrid Brown

Ingrid Brown

Ingrid Brown

Ingrid tried hot yoga 12 years ago to add cross-training into her running schedule and fell in love with it. She loved the benefits of mental clarity, focused breathing, increased flexibility and muscle tone in addition to making her a stronger runner. That started her journey into yoga and group exercise.

Since then, Ingrid has been trained in yoga, Pilates reformer, barre, weight training, and spin. She loves the benefits of cross-training, which is why she loves classes like yoga sculpt that can combine the benefits of yoga, Pilates, resistance training, and cardio into one fun-filled class! Ingrid loves to help others find their passion and abilities in fitness. Health is about finding your balance with your mind and body, and having a little fun on the journey.

Ingrid lives in Olathe with her husband and three girls. She’s happiest spending time with her family and friends.

Ingrid is excited to be a part of the Sumits family and looks forward to seeing you in the studio!

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Mallory Andersen

Mallory Andersen

 
Mallory Andersen
Mallory first stepped into a hot yoga class five years ago, and was immediately hooked.  She fell in love with everything about it, from the physical improvements to the emotional clarity.  No exercise regimen before had fostered such a positive imprint.

Since her first class, she has since moved all over the country for both work and her husband’s schooling.  She got married and had her first baby boy, all before finally settling down in Kansas City.  It was at Sumits KC where she fell in love with the Sumits sequence and decided to proceed with her Yoga Certification at Sumits Yoga KC.  Mallory is very excited to be a part of the Sumits family, and can’t wait to share her enthusiasm with her students in the months to come!

Mallory lives in Olathe with her husband and her 2 year old son.  She is happiest when with her family and friends.

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Jordyn Gehlart

Jordyn Gehlart

Jordyn Gehlart

Jordyn received her Sumits yoga certification four years ago while teaching at Sumits in Columbia, MO. She attended Oklahoma State University to pursue her degree in Health Education and Promotion with a minor in Business. During her time at OSU she developed her yoga knowledge in restorative, flow and Ashtanga based practices. She also specialized in yoga for athletes where she instructed private yoga sessions for the Oklahoma State Athletics department. Some of her favorite teams to work with were the men’s and women’s golf and tennis teams.

Jordyn moved to Kansas City in order to pursue her career in the corporate fitness industry. She currently works with Corporate Fitness Works full time and teaches yoga. She practices yoga at least 4 times per week at Sumits Yoga KC. What Jordyn loves most about practicing Sumits Yoga is the strong foundation it provides in order to grow your practice.

“Yoga allows you to rediscover a sense of wholeness in your life, where you do not feel like you are constantly trying to fit broken pieces together” – B.K.S Iyengar